Patricia Haroski

Patricia Haroski

The American woman who invented the Boss Day holiday
Country: USA

  1. American Woman Who Invented Boss's Day
  2. The Birth of the Idea
  3. Official Recognition
  4. Popularity Boost
  5. Controversy and Evolution
  6. The Future of Boss's Day

American Woman Who Invented Boss's Day

Patricia Bays Haroski was an American secretary who, in 1958, came up with the idea of celebrating a new holiday - Boss's Day, or National Boss Day. Over time, this holiday became popular not only in the United States but also in several other countries around the world. Every year on October 16, Boss's Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, and other parts of the world. On this day, it is customary to congratulate and express gratitude to bosses for their fairness and kindness throughout the year.

The Birth of the Idea

Patricia Bays Haroski worked at the State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois when she came up with a rather unusual idea. Patricia, a young woman who valued her job, had her own father as her boss. On his birthday, October 16, 1958, Patricia wanted to do something special for her father and congratulated him not as a daughter but as her boss. This idea was well-received by other employees in the company who also had a good relationship with their bosses. Soon, Patricia approached the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with a proposal to create a new national holiday - Boss's Day.

Official Recognition

However, it took another four years for the holiday to be officially recognized by Governor Otto Kerner of Illinois in 1962. It was his support that brought widespread attention to this holiday. Later on, Boss's Day started to be celebrated in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, and South Africa.

Popularity Boost

In 1979, Hallmark Cards, the largest producer of greeting cards in the United States, greatly contributed to the popularity of the holiday by releasing themed Boss's Day cards. Since then, the sales of these cards have significantly increased. As for Patricia Haroski herself, she later admitted that her father was a very important person in her life. He helped her and all her siblings experience the joy of work, taught them responsibility, and was always a caring boss.

Controversy and Evolution

Of course, Patricia was often criticized for the idea being essentially a tribute to her father. However, she insisted that it was not about their relationship. Her father was indeed an excellent manager, worked hard throughout his life, and did not give any special treatment to his relatives in the workplace. Today, corporate culture has made some adjustments to the celebration, and it is now considered appropriate to congratulate bosses collectively rather than individually, so as not to stand out or try to excessively flatter the boss with a noticeable gift.

The Future of Boss's Day

In Egypt, this holiday exists independently and is celebrated on December 10. Patricia Bays Haroski, the modest secretary from an insurance company, has made history as the founder of a national holiday. Although Boss's Day has not yet reached the same level of recognition as more established American holidays, it still holds great potential. As long as people work, they will have bosses, and sooner or later Boss's Day will become as important and necessary as Teacher's Day or Cosmonaut's Day, as bosses exist in all professions.